My roosters have red belly and lost feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by timruck, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. timruck

    timruck New Egg

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    I am new to raising chickens. I have 2 roosters and 1 hen (I am not sure of the breed). They are very large white birds with pink legs and feet. They eat and drink very well but are very inactive. In fact, they often lay down to eat and drink. They rarely leave the coop (Actually tractor). They have red bellies and lost all of the feathers on their belly. I have dusted several times for mites using seven dust. the skin on the belly goes from bright red to pink. I also have 9 other hens (much smaller birds and I don't know the breed) that are just fine. No feather loss or red belly. They go outside the tractor everyday. Any help would be appreciated. The Picture below is the hen. The roosters look worse and are much bigger making it difficult to get pictures.


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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I believe that your chickens are most likely Cornish crosses. They are produced to be a quick growing relatively short lived bird. If allowed to reach maturity they are prone to leg and heart problems. They are 'eating machines' and tend to lay in their own waste resulting in the irritated underbellies.
     
  3. timruck

    timruck New Egg

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    Thank you for the information. I think you are right on. And one of the roosters has a weak leg and is having a difficult time standing over the last few days. I guess we will need to try to kill them for the meat. Should we be concerned about the injured leg? They are about 8 months old.
     

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